Our top picks for tracking your fitness and your spending
We’re excited to be sponsoring and taking part in the 2021 South Australian Game On Corporate Cup, a walk/run competition that aims to incentivise South Aussie businesses to build health, well-being, and camaraderie in their workforce.
To help us get prepared and pumped up for the next three months of Game On Corporate Cup competition we’ve put together a list of our favourite fitness and wellbeing apps and smartwatches. Some are simple, and others go the extra kilometre to give you lots of data about your workouts and overall health. We’ve tried to include something for everyone’s price point and fitness level.
Our top fitness and wellness apps
We live in a world where smartphones and smartwatches are everywhere, so it makes sense to use them to help achieve our fitness goals and improve our health and wellbeing.
Here’s a look at some of our favourites:
Our top running apps
Are you new to running? Then this app is perfect for you. As the name suggests, it’s all about taking you from a couch potato to a 5km star runner. Features include:
- three 30 minute workouts per week to get you ready for a 5 km run in only nine weeks
- distance and time tracking using GPS
- the ability to choose your own virtual coach to help you throughout your workouts.
An app that has stood the test of time, Map My Run not only tracks your runs but also allows you to find new running routes. Features include:
- tracking and mapping your run, time, speed, and total distance (including real-time stats and end of run totals)
- the ability to search for new running routes, no matter where you are (over 70 million routes to choose from)
- compatibility with hundreds of other apps and devices, allowing you to sync your data with your Apple Watch, Garmin, Fitbit, and My Fitness Pal etc.
Strava is 'Instagram for runners'. It takes the social features of Instagram and pairs it with activity tracking technology. Features include:
- tracking measurements for distance, speed, elevation, calories burned, heart rate, and cadence
- the ability to take part in challenges with other users and friends – great motivation for competitive runners
- a safety feature called Beacon, which allows up to three people to know where you are running (they don't need to have the app or be Strava members, either).
Our top wellness app
Headspace, a meditation and mindfulness app, offers a gentle introduction to meditation by starting you off on a free ‘Take10’ program, which gives you the chance to meditate for just 10 minutes a day over 10 days. Other features include:
- guided breathing and visualisation exercises
- tailored options for those who suffer from anxiety or experience panic attacks.
- meditations for sleep and focus
Our favourite smartwatches
Smartwatches have gone from displaying your smartphone notifications and calls to tracking your exercise, heart rate, and even locating your phone when it’s missing (very useful) plus much more.
It was tough to narrow down our favourite smartwatches to just three, but we decided to choose the smartwatches that will not only help us in the Corporate Cup in terms of tracking and mapping our exercise but also, the smartwatches that have the ability to tap and pay (yes, we’re finance nerds).
Without further ado, here’s a look at a few of our favourites:
Although a lot of people would argue that the Apple Watch Series 6 is better, we liked the price point of the SE much more, especially since it has most of the same features. Features include:
- the same iconic design and large display as Apple Watch Series 6
- exercise analytics including distance, pace, laps, cadence, calories burned, and heart rate. And an always-on altimeter that lets you see your elevation changes in real-time as you climb up or down
- the ability to make purchases with Apple Pay* in stores that accept contactless payments. It’s the cashless, effortless, and safer way to pay.
2. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Known for having the most advanced health monitor on a Samsung smartwatch, it’s no surprise this model made our list. Features include:
- red LED and infrared rays that estimate your SpO2 levels, or the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream,
- a running guide gives you tips on the go and analyses how you move to help improve your form, and
- the ability to make contactless payments with Samsung Pay^ and to use your loyalty cards and tap for transit on Sydney's Opal network.
More focused on fitness than Apple and Samsung, Fitbit gives you a great range of fitness features at a more affordable price. Features include:
- built-in GPS to track – in real-time – the pace, distance, and intensity of your walks, runs, bike rides or hikes,
- the ability to store and play music and podcasts on Deezer or Pandora and control Spotify from your wrist, and
- the ability to access your credit and debit cards anywhere with Fitbit Pay%. All from your wrist.
Remember to stay safe
The rise in apps and smartwatches means more of us are giving over access to our personal information, which means more opportunities for fraudsters.
So it’s always important to make sure you follow the tips below.
Only download from trusted sources
- Before downloading, conduct research to make sure the app is legitimate. Check reviews confirm the legitimacy of the app store and compare the app’s official website with the app store link to confirm consistency.
Understand app permissions before accepting them
- Be cautious about granting apps access to personal information on your phone or letting the app have access to perform functions on your phone. Make sure to also check the privacy settings for each app before installing.
INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW
*Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and later in stores, apps and websites in Safari; with Apple Watch in stores and apps; with iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 and later in apps and websites; and with Mac in Safari with an Apple Pay enabled iPhone 6 or later or Apple Watch. For a list of compatible Apple Pay devices, see support.apple.com/en-us/HT208531.
Apple, the Apple logo, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, Face ID, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Mac, Safari, and Touch ID are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPad Pro is a trademark of Apple Inc.
^ Devices compatible with NFC point of sale terminals for contactless transactions include Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. All devices are compatible with MST point of sale terminals for swipe transactions except for Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Gear S2.
% Fitbit Pay is available on Fitbit Iconic and Fitbit Versa
Fitbit and the Fitbit logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fitbit, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.